What if a dog could understand human language and understand all its existential complexities to some degree such that it could reflect on everyday life and the world around it? Writer, screenwriter and director Paul Auster (New Jersey, 1949) with his novel Timbuktu (1999) takes the answer to the above question simply.
In this story, we meet Mr. Bones, an intelligent and attentive dog who, with a keen eye, is Willy G. Chistamas, a bohemian poet who wanders all his life and maintains revolutionary ideals from the 1960s. They are both great friends. The dog has lived with him since he was a puppy and since then, he has developed the ability to interpret difficulties and events that occur to humans because of his thinking, but because of biological reasons he cannot speak. Guru is physically unwell and needs to leave his soul and all of his writing in good hands, so he turns to his old high school literature teacher, B. Swanson, who helped him get into poetry. They raise anchor, the compass pointing to Baltimore. Willie senses that his days on Earth will be over, this may be the last trip together and as they leave, in one of their usual conversations, he tells Mr. Bones about Timbuktu – “beyond”, An oasis, a destination for which comes after leaving where dogs and humans speak the same language, but cannot be accepted by all—and so, the two begin their perilous journey.
The author describes with fluidity a lovable dog Odyssey and takes off like a plane when he takes off. Presents Theme of Chance: It’s simple, visual, and hilarious. , This creates an unusual and interesting perspective, the main reason to delve into the facts and see how a dog lives and perceives human reality, making it clear that they are also able to communicate, feel and see even though they cannot speak. Certain attitudes are put on the table such as a sense of loss, hope, a sense of belonging or the difficulties of human language.
As an author of novels, Auster has had an extensive career in the world of letters; Mr. Vertigo (1994), The New York Trilogy (1987); Or the script for the films Smoke (1995) and Blue in the Face (1995). In 2006 he was awarded the Asturias Award for Letters. He has not established himself as a leading author in the contemporary literary landscape for his creation of unique characters and his own world. Undoubtedly, his work will be on the bookshelf of readers around the world for years to come.
a road to timbuktu